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Geography and Environmental Sustainability


We are a dynamic and growing department located in Norman, Oklahoma, named one of the best small cities in America.

Our mission is to conduct innovative and socially relevant research; to expand students’ intellectual vistas via critical perspectives and valuable tools and skills; and to catalyze sustainable human-natural systems.

DGES is telecommuting and will not have regular office hours during this time. All staff are available via email

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"Experiences Within A&GS" Survey Now Available

A research team at OU is conducting a study examining individuals’ experiences within the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences (A&GS) specifically.  If you are interested in participating, please use this link[] to take the survey, which is open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  More information can be found on the consent page at the beginning of the survey.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Dr. Cassandra Shivers-Williams directly (

A&GS Experiences Survey


DGES in the News

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See graduate student José Montalva's booklets about the giant bumblebee and the Mapuche people.

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B.dahlbomii booklet 2


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Check out Dr. de Beurs' new NASA grant to study emerging infectious disease threats in Central Asia, including coronavirus!


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Congratulations  to Ph.D student Aditi Singh for receiving The Provost’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching! The award is created to honor the hard work and dedication of outstanding graduate students who teach at OU.


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Congratulations to the students at the Annual SWAAG meeting in Forth Worth!

Ale Acuña Balbuena won the paper competition with “Reproductive Rights and Development in Peru: Indigenous Perspectives from The Quipu Project.” 

Madison Wilson earned second place in the undergraduate student poster competition with her first-ever poster, “Spatial and temporal patterns of fallow/idle cropland in the United States Rio Grande Basin."

Cayton Moore made an impact as the student officer representing the region and several other DGES students presented papers and posters.

Drs. Randy Peppler and Angela Person student Madeline Wade won first place in the undergraduate student poster competition with her poster “Public Perceptions of Water Reuse in Norman, Oklahoma."

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The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research was presented to Dr. Mary Lawhon, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability.